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April LibraryReads Staff Picks

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Storied Life of A. J. FikryLibraryReadsFavoriteThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    “A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.”
    —Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  3. Frog MusicFrog Music by Emma Donoghue
    “Donoghue returns to historical fiction in this latest offering, based on the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dressing frog catcher with a mysterious past. Set in 1870s San Francisco, this brilliant book includes impeccable historical details, from a smallpox epidemic to period songs.”
    —Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, IL
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  5. And the Dark Sacred NightAnd the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
    “Four stars to Julia Glass for this, her best work since Three Junes. We become reacquainted with old characters Malachy, Fenno, and Walter and learn more about their life stories. The individuals are imperfectly human, and perfectly drawn. A wonderful, highly recommended novel.”
    —Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
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  7. Silence for the DeaSilence for the Deadd by Simone St. James
    “A young nurse working in an isolated hospital for WWI veterans finds herself in over her head. Are the patients in the mysterious estate haunted by their wartime experiences, or something more malevolent? St. James is an up-and-coming author with a flair for combining horror and romance. A great choice for readers of either genre.”
    —Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
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  9. By its Cover: A Commissario GuiBy its Coverdo Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon
    “In the 23rd book in this delightful series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is brought in to investigate the theft of pages and maps from rare books. Brunetti is a great character with warmth, style and elegance. Leon’s book enlightens us about Venetian customs and delivers a solid mystery.”
    —Joanne Genovese, Smithtown Special Library District, Smithtown, NY
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  11. The Intern's HandbookThe Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller by Shane Kuhn
    “How did Shane Kuhn pull this off? He’s written an action-packed, twisting thriller about professional assassins, and — guess what? — it’s funny and romantic, too! In a totally quirky way, of course. You have to read it to believe it.”
    —Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
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  13. Love, NinaLove, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe
    “With a unique voice, Stibbe brings 1980s literary Camden back to life in this delightful epistolary memoir. The letters that Stibbe writes to her sister are a hoot, featuring unexpected cooking advice from the great Alan Bennett, and droll commentary on just about everything from Mary-Kay Wilmers.”
    —Jennifer Estepp, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY
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  15. The Axe FactorThe Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery by Colin Cotterill
    “I love this sharply-written and quirky cozy mystery. Jimm Juree is a wonderful character, slyly funny and insightful, with an oddball cast of family and friends to back her up. Set in coastal Thailand, this is a laugh-out-loud funny mystery with plenty of great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing.”
    —Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
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  17. Family LifeFamily Life by Akhil Sharma
    “The Mishras move from India to New York City in the 1980s in order to give their two sons better educational opportunities. When tragedy strikes, the family tries to recover the optimism and hope that propelled them to America. Beautiful, clear-eyed and compelling, this book packs a powerful punch.”
    —Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
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  19. On the RocksOn the Rocks by Erin Duffy
    “After her fiancé dumps her on Facebook, Abby retreats to her apartment until her best friend invites her to spend the summer in Newport. This book is for every woman who’s been determined to put things back together after finding herself on the wrong side of social media, in the aftermath of a bad breakup, or elbow deep in Ben & Jerry’s when things fall apart.”
    —Sara Grochowski, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena, MI

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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KDL on WGVU: Teen Film Festival Winners

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore on WGVU with Shelley Irwin - 3-7-14Nick Hansen and Emily Livermore, two winners from our recent Teen Film Festival, went on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about their film-making experience. They shared information about the films they made, their ambitions and the films that inspire them.

To watch Mutts of Motown (Emily’s film), Desolation (Nick’s film) or any of the other films that were screened at the Teen Film Festival, click here.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)


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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Family Promise

During the month of February, KDL staff and patrons collected new socks and underwear for Family Promise of Grand Rapids, a local agency that works with families currently experiencing homelessness. We are thrilled to report that over 700 items were collected for those in need. Thank you so much for your generosity!

 


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Teens: Cosplay and Anime Programs

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Cosplay AnimeCosplay Costume Workshop
Meet up with other fans and begin designing your cosplay look. Supplies and equipment will be provided to help you rock the runway at JAFAX or the KDL Anime Festival.

Saturday, March 15, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
Tuesday, March 18, 3:30 PM – Wyoming Branch
Thursday, March 20, 3:30 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch

 

Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant for prizes, or just enjoy celebrating all things anime with your favorite shows, Japanese snacks, crafts and games.

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Cascade Township Branch

For a list of branch locations and maps, click here.

 


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Free Writer’s Conference: Are You Registered?

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What: Third annual Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference
When: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Cascade Township Branch
Cost: Free
Lots more info here!

Time to register is running out for KDL’s popular conference for writers. Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists Kristina Riggle and Aric Davis and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant Baker Books, literary agent and editor Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper PublishSavvy, just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome. Separate pre-registration is required for morning and afternoon sessions and participant spots are limited. Co-sponsored by Baker Books, Credo Communications, Publish Savvy and Pot-Boilers. To register, call 616-784-2007 or click on the links below.

Register early; spots for this event go very quickly and walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

9:00 AM – 12:45 PM — Morning Session (geared to not-yet published writers, but all are welcome)

9:00 – 9:30 AM — Welcome and Introductions

  1. 9:45 – 10:30 AM — Five Things Aspiring Writers Should Know (Because There’s Not Enough Time for 10) — author and editor Shelly Beach and author Kristina Riggle
  2. 10:40 – 11:20 AM — Traditional, Self-Publish or Can I Do Both? — Shannon Janeczek, owner of  Publish Savvy; author and micropublisher Don Pearson, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM — You Can Do This: An Editor’s Manifesto — How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving toward Publication Chad Allen, editorial director, Baker Books

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Lunch on your own

1:45 – 5:00 PM — Afternoon Session (geared to published authors, but all are welcome)

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions

  1. 2:00 – 2:45 PM — Social Media & Book Marketing Tips, Tricks and Gaffes — Children’s Author Sandy Carlson; Shannon Janeczek, Publish Savvy
  2. 2:55 – 3:40 PM — Query Letters & Book Proposals: What are They? Do I Need Them? — Shelly Beach, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 3:45 – 4:30 PM — Taking Your Writing to the Next Level literary agent and copy editor Ann Byle, science fiction author Jim Hines

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

 


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Upcoming Meet-the-Author Events

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Meet a war veteran and his service dog.
Reminisce about Michigan roadtrips.
Hear stories of Detroit crime fiction.
Learn about the immigrant experience through a young boy’s journey.
Read about (and meet) a divorced Northern Michigan mom who dreams of keeping her farm and writing for a living.
Listen to the fascinating history of East Grand Rapids’ Ramona Park.
Meet local poets and hear their work — and just for teens: attend a poetry workshop.

More than a dozen authors will visit various KDL branches this spring. Click here to see the complete list, plus locations, dates and times.

Until Tuesday     Enrique's Journay     Bootstrapper

 


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KDL Top Ten — Humor

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Double up on books at KDL!  Here are 10 of the most popular titles in our Humor section:

Top Ten Nonfiction Humor 03-07-2014

And for more good times, check out LaughFest! Enjoy great comedy and support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

LaughFest

(Courtesy of Gilda’s Club and LaughFest)

March 6 – March 16


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Genre Derby Success

Friday, March 7th, 2014

GenreDerbyLogoA big thank you to everyone who participated in our recent Genre Derby! Thanks to generous donations and corporate matches, we have an additional $6,045 to spend on books in various genres. Although each “horse” earned some money, the winner was MARE Jo Putney, earning the top prize of $3,240 for the Romance genre!

We also want to thank investment firm Edward Jones and First United Credit Union for their chaitable contributions.

Thanks again for your help in making the Genre Derby a success!

 


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Have Fun With PEEPS®!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

PeepsHave some fun with everyone’s favorite marshmallow treat! We are offering a PEEPS® Diorama Contest at several of our branches. Create your own PEEPS® diorama based on the theme “PEEPS® are Popping Up All Over!” Bring it to a participating branch by April 1 for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be chosen by popular vote and prizes will be awarded on April 21.

The following branches are participating in the contest, which is open to people of all ages:

  • Alpine Township
  • Byron Township
  • Cascade Township
  • East Grand Rapids
  • Englehardt
  • Grandville
  • Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
  • Krause Memorial
  • Sand Lake/Nelson Township
  • Spencer Township
  • Tyrone Township

We can’t wait to see all your creativity on display!


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Create Rainbow Loom Jewelry

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Rainbow Loom
Children ages six and older are invited to the library to make necklaces, bracelets, rings and more. We are hosting Rainbow Loom Creativity at several branches this spring. We will provide bands in an assortment of colors. You just need to bring your loom and some friends! Rainbow Loom jewelry is fun, unique and great to give as gifts… no wonder it is so popular!

Schedule:
Saturday, March 8, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00 PM – Englehardt Branch
Tuesday, April 8, 1:30 PM – Cascade Township Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Thursday, April 10, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Thursday, April 10, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park Branch

Click here for branch locations.

 


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